JTEKT North America expanding Upstate operations

November 9, 2015

JTEKT North America, a leader in automotive and industrial product solutions, is expanding its operations in Greenville County. The company will be investing $1.75 million to establish an operational headquarters at CU-ICAR, creating 27 new jobs in Greenville, S.C. 
JTEKT Corporation was established in January 2006 through the merger of Koyo Seiko Co., Ltd., a world-class bearing manufacturer, and Toyoda Machine Works, Ltd., a machine tool manufacturer excelling in world-leading technologies. Combining the most advanced technologies and the manufacturing passion of the two companies, JTEKT is now a trusted systems supplier of JTEKT brand automotive steering and driveline components, Koyo brand bearings, and Toyoda machine tools, employing more than 44,000 workers worldwide. JTEKT North America employs more than 7,000 associates at 14 manufacturing facilities plus additional technical and sales centers in North America. 
Expanding its Greenville County operations, JTEKT has decided to locate its North American operational headquarters alongside its Koyo bearing product technical center at CU-ICAR, an advanced-technology research campus for the automotive industry. Occupying facilities at both 1 and 7 Research Drive in Greenville, S.C., the expansion is expected to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2016. Hiring for the 27 new positions has already begun. Those interested in joining the JTEKT North America team may visit the company’s career page at www.jtekt-na.com/careers/.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project. For more information on JTEKT visit www.jtekt.co.jp/e/.

“Our operational headquarters in Greenville County and CU-ICAR will provide an efficient base to support our extensive footprint in North America. The availability of professional and technical talent, proximity to the majority of our production facilities, and the quality of life in the Upstate makes this a great move for our organization.” -Mike Davidson, COO, JTEKT North America
“JTEKT North America has been a fantastic partner to South Carolina, and we’re excited that they have decided to build this operation headquarters at Clemson’s ICAR facility. These 27 new jobs really will make a difference in the lives of South Carolinians, and that’s a real reason to celebrate.” -Gov. Nikki Haley
“Back in 2012, JTEKT announced a $100 million expansion in our state, and Team South Carolina is thrilled to see that they’ve elected to continue growing their footprint here. By establishing company headquarters in Greenville County, the company is demonstrating a tremendous commitment to our state, which serves as yet another indication that South Carolina’s business-friendly climate and strong workforce are second to none.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“To see a company like JTEKT grow beyond their initial investment in the county lets us know that we are doing things right here in Greenville. Our business climate, infrastructure, and talented workforce all help make this a globally-recognized destination for the automotive industry.” -Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor   

“At CU-ICAR, our goal is to provide a dynamic environment where global leaders in the automotive industry can be located together and work together, and it is exciting to see JTEKT call the CU-ICAR campus home. It’s a win for Clemson students, faculty and staff; it’s a win for JTEKT; and it’s a win for South Carolina’s economy.” -Clemson University President James P. Clements